Of course, as has been covered in other sources, black Friday sales were down for a variety of reasons, people buying more things online, Thanksgiving itself becoming a shopping "holiday" per se, and generally speaking, the little-growing amounts of consumer-credit driving consumer purchasing per se.
However, apart from this, "Black Friday" which to me sounds like some band, associated with the Irish independence movement, perhaps because of "bloody Sunday", can be a discouraging day.
Perhaps in a way similar to that in which football hooligans, may give the casual observer the sense that their own country is some backwoods home of people that should be in cages, Black Friday, and its normally accompanying news of pregnant women being trampled, along with elderly employees being suffocated, can give someone here in the USA, the sense that their nation is just beneath the surface, some sort of "hurly-burly", wild-west society.
However, just after this past of Black-Friday, hooliganism per se, withdrawal, I started to really think about the issue, and some thing's about this country started to bring me back to a happier place, in relation to this country in general. In case anyone else has been given a sort of sinnicle impression by the shopping stampedes, I thought I would share this list, that might make you feel better about the good old US of A;(this isn't a list of boasts, just cool things that will leave you feel better about this place)
-The Allman Brothers band;
(Song; "Ramblin' Man";http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VxoXn-0Ezs)
-Ford F150 Raptor; just looks like a really boyishly(nothing wrong with that, hehe) fun car to drive.
-Early Baseball culture(very casual)
-The Northwest's sky;
(where you can see a rainstorm "in-transit" towards or away from you)
-Zion National Park(also in the northwest)
((which is similar to some Arabian/saharan oasis if your privy) at least in this one particular place)
-Casual, friendly, relations with strangers;
Now this isn't in reference to Craigslist's "casual connections" section, but in general, people here tend to be friendly if you talk to them, this isn't regulated by a sort of caste system, or some sort of class-based mentality, but just by I guess, normal human tendencies, and I think this is great.
So in conclusion, if you were left looking into the abyss, after being bombarded by all of the sales notifications in your email, and the like, videos of people running into a store, like they're escaping a sinking ship etc., then perhaps this list may be of some therapeutic value.
If it isn't then here is a clip of some hilarity pertaining to people running to or from a specific point that everyone may be vaguely familiar with;
George Castanza, the "Seinfeld" charachter pushing over people to escape from a small fire;
of course if one ever wondered why Seinfeld is funny, its perhaps becasue it follows an establish trend of giving people the opposite of what they are built up to believe, which is a simple framework for humor, perhaps its expectedness made for more comforting per se(safe place) humore, which allowed for its mass popularity.
Either way, I hope no one finds themselves running from any fire's any time soon, and that everyone has a great weekend.
Thanks for reading,